Derivation (GG)

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either the process or the product of applying a set of grammatical rules to a given input.


S-structure is derived from D-structure by the application of the appropriate instances of affect alpha. Sometimes the notion 'derivation' is used to refer to the set of representations that the grammar associates with a particular utterance, and is equivalent to the notion of a 'grammatical description'.


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Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics